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By Raffy Paredes

Google has launched a new, streamlined desktop application for backing up all of your photos and other files to the cloud, replacing the existing desktop clients for Google Photos and Google Drive. It’s called Backup and Sync, it works across macOS and Windows, and you can download it for free. Google is hoping it will make backing up simple enough that everyone will get around to doing it. Not only does it combine the two clients for Google Photos and Google Drive, but it lets you back up files and folders from anywhere on your computer. Previously, files had to be saved into a special Google Drive folder (as with Dropbox) to get uploaded and synced. Files in the folders you’ve specified are then backed up automatically, and made accessible on the web and on any other computers where you’ve got Backup and Sync installed. The existing Google Drive and Google Photos mobile apps for Android and iOS aren’t affected.Users get 15GB of space for free. There are a couple of caveats for Google Photos, which will store an unlimited number of pictures and videos for you, provided you don’t mind them being resized—to a maximum of 16 megapixels for photos and 1080p HD for videos (source: newatlas.com).

  • Silhouette by the Beach (Jobert Zyrus Cadiente)

  • Untitled (Nasser F. Hadjula)

  • Dali’s Dream (Erwin James Agumbay)

  • Fishing Boat (Arellano Galdo III)

  • Hand Project (Ramil Gregorio)

  • Lone Man (Gilbert Laroda)

  • Millenia Walk (Joel Allan Tandog)

  • Untitled (Edwin Chan Pao)

  • Untitled (Jihan Ros)

  • Alien (Morris Vera)

    For DSLR users who might be wondering if their cameras have reached the life expectancy as defined by the camera’s manufacturer, they can check the number of their camera’s actuations by uploading a photo to www.camerashuttercount.com. If your camera is on the list of successfully tested models, the site will give the figure of how many times the shutter has been used.

    Photoshelter.com has just made available for free download “The Photographer’s Guide to Instagram Hashtags.” In partnership with Feature Shoot, Photoshelter has compiled a curated list of some of the best searchable and submittable hashtags that might help photographers up their game. The information is divided into 11 sections based on genre. It focuses on niche interests as focus is what will ultimately help photographers get their work seen—tag your work #photography and it will still be lost among almost 86 million other images with the same hashtag, and this figure is forever rising.

    The sections focused on are: Travel, Portraits, Black and White, Street, Architecture, Minimalism, Documentary, Landscape, Film, Fine Art, Drones/Aerial. Download at Photoshelter.com.

    And now to our featured readers with three new photo contributors.

    Joel Allan Tandog, an aspiring photographer based in Singapore shares the black-and-white photo titled “Millenia Walk.” He writes that he has been an “avid fan of Manila Bulletin” since his younger years and has always dreamt of having his pictures published in Picture Perfect.

    Nasser Hadjula, a level IV nursing student from Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City sent in an untitled black-and-white photo of a female market vendor. He shares: “I am a mobile photographer and I do photography during my leisure time. I am fond of photography because it helps me out in discovering myself more and the world itself. I do photowalks and take street shots most of the time. But I also do other forms of photography such as nature and landscape photography. I always believe that a photograph is not just an image or picture, it is an art, a form of masterpiece. There is an idea or detailed scene that is capable of inspiring others just by looking at the image. There is a story, a deeper and different perspective than the norm.”

    From Edwin Chan Pao is an untitled photo taken at a taiko drumming performance in Taipei.

    Other photos on today’s column come from previously featured readers.

    Ramil Gregorio contributed the photo, “Hand Project.” His photo tag reads: “Every three months of planting, a bountiful harvest for farmers.”

    Erwin James Agumbay shares the surreal photo, “Dali’s Dream” that won him the Photographer of the Year award (Special Category) at the Prima Camera Club.

    From Morris Vega is the shadow photo titled “Alien.” “Share ko lang po itong shot ko gamit ang aking cellphone, nakuhanan ko po ito sa Baclaran Church—isang anino mula sa pinto ng simbahan. Binaliktad ko po itong sadya upang makalikha ng kakaibang imahe na mahahalintulad sa isang ‘Alien.’ Bagamat sa simbahan ko man ito kinunan, hindi ko binibigyan ng ibang kahulugan na salungat sa simbahan. Sadyang malikot lang po ang imahinasyon ng tao.”

    “Silhouette by the Beach” comes from Jobert Zyrus Cadiente. “This photo was captured at Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan using my Samsung J5 phone,” he shares.

    Jihan Ros has an untitled photo of a young girl studying her lessons. “I was walking around looking for a scene to photograph,” writes Jihan. “Then I saw this girl with a book in her hand. Seems like she was excited in going back to school. I found the scene interesting so I took the shot.”

    Gilbert Laroda shares the photo “Lone Man”. “This shoot during last time I worked in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, nakita ko ang isang kaibigan ko na pumuta dito sa puno,” relates Gilbert.“Since wala namang mga tao, kinunan ko siyang mag-isa. Ang ganda kasi parang may story at ang  kaibigan ko medyo may problema rin sa puso, perfect timing and location. Dito din ako nagsimula sa passion ko sa photography sa Dubai and until now I make it an option as my stress reliever. I always love photography and I’m looking forward na sana pag-uwi ko this year ay gawin kong business ang passion ko.Mahirap din kasi parating mangibang bansa at di natin alam kung hanggang kailan.Sa ngayon nag-iipon ako at balak ko talaga pasukin ang mundo ng potograpia na negosyo.At dahil ito na rin ang kahiligan ko, parati din akong nagbabasasa ng  Picture Perfect section para makakuha ng mga ideas at tips to enhance my talent. Ang imahe na ito ay parang reflection din sa akin na parang gusto ko mapag-isa at mangarap ng mataas at balang araw ay maabot ko ang mga pangarap ko sa buhay.”

    And the photo, “Fishing Boat” was submitted by Arellano Galdo III. The image was shot in Macajalar Bay, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email throughalensclearly@yahoo.com or rfyparedes@yahoo.com.

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